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it really was. >> especially in a small town like that where everybody ha cereals that have the worst nutrition ratings, every one is considered by industry a better for you food. because they have set the standards that they then meet. >> reporter: so sounds like a demonstrable failure. >> it's a demonstrable failure. >> i think he's demonstrably wrong in drawing that conclusion. >> reporter: elaine kohl points out food companies have made their sugared cereals more nutritio nutritious. so, froos loops, captain frunch, cocoa puffs, these are all better for you cereals? explain how that works. it seems to me there is nothing worse for you. >> i don't know how they came to their conclusion that they're the least nutritional products. because children's cereals that are advertised in our program are low in calories, they're chock full of vite rins and nutrients.
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>> reporter: the federal trade commission says while food companies have made changes they are not enough. >> definitely more needs to be done and we expect that with the nutritional standards that we're developing along with our sister federal agencies, that we'll set the bar a lot higher. just complaining about how >> reporter: but, and this is we need to update the open to key, those new standards will be "the skinny." voluntary. not mandatory. apparent already our director took us at our word, there's no abc news reached out to some of the companies named in yale open. >> we're openly debate looking easily study. who's in and who's hip, who none of them has seen the report should be in the open. but kellogg's says it has >> the pictures we usually show, reduced advertising to kids under 12 by 50%. they're in the background. j. lo and angelina jolie and all quaker, which owns captain crunch, says it is working to that. we were thinking to ourselves, make that cereal more nutritious. those pictures are starting to dan harris, abc news, new york. get a little dated. >> i think it is interesting to >> we think octomom is the way, notice how much children are we want to head in that marketed. direction. i find it hard to believe that a >> you can go to facebook, weigh in on it, go to our fan page and lot of parents out there choose that way. wouldn't know some of these cereals perhaps aren't the most you go ahead. you start. nutritious for their children. >> we were talking about justin >> seems like parents are sort timberlake before we went to of be a debating some break. responsibility. this is really actually a really i'm reminded of this funny old frightening story. movie with dudley moore, "crazy he must have had a real white-knuckle weekend. people" about advertising.
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remember when the advertisers at the end of this weekend, i had to tell the truth? should say, he got a temporary and it worked. maybe if they took the honest restraining order against a woman he's described as approach saying, these cereals obsessed, mentally unstable, and aren't as good for you -- a celebrity stalker. >> four cups of sugar in each according to him what's happened bowl. is that in the past couple of >> maybe my theory's a little flawed, who knows. weeks she's shown up at his home. he thinks she might be homeless but he says she continues to show up at the house. he says she think he thinks she might be transient. she enters through the gate and refuses to leave for weeks at a time. this past weekend it happened one more time. nd salea staff confronted her reorde and the most bizarre element of this, her name is karen mcneil, a 48-year-old woman. they're saying she's stalked celebrities before. she did something similar and was sentenced to a year in prison after doing the same thing with guns and roses front man axl rose. >> oh, wow. well, that's -- she's got interesting, sort of varied taste in men. you couldn't get more different than axl rose adjus >> the evolution of her musical
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>> she's a cougar af1 o lebrs. well, hopefully she stays away. stays at bay. we've talked at length about your wedding on this show. you had a lot of beautiful (rooster crow) things at your wedding ...still tired the next day too? one thing you did not have, regis philbin sing >> wow. when you have trouble falling >> ivanka trump apparently did. asleep or staying asleep... remember 2-layer ambien cr. over the weekend she tied the knot to jared kushner. apparently one of the biggest the first layer helps you fall asleep quickly. highlights at this thing, among and unlike other sleep aids, the 500 nearest and dearest a second helps you stay asleep. friends who attended, was regis when taking ambien cr, philbin who reportedly was on don't drive or operate machinery. tap to sing at the trump golf club where this happened in new sleepwalking, and eating or driving while not fully awake with memory loss for the event jersey. i know you're wanting to know as well as abnormal behaviors some of the particulars. it was a vera wang wedding gown such as being more outgoing or aggressive than normal, designed to resemble grace confusion, agitation, and hallucinations may occur. kelly's. she had a $45,000 hair clip in don't take it with alcohol her hair. as it may increase these behaviors. >> what? allergic reactions such as shortness of breath, >> $130,000 diamond drop swelling of your tongue or throat earrings. may occur and in rare cases may be fatal. >> what? keep going. >> and a $90,000 art side effects may include next-day drowsiness, deco-inspired bracelet from her dizziness, and headache. own jewelry line. in patients with depression, worsening of depression, >> does it give you a total bill including risk of suicide may occur. for the wedding? if you experience any of these behaviors or reactions >> no, i don't see that anywhere. contact your doctor immediately. >> clearly in the millions.
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wake up ready for your day- >> sles she's 27. she just wrote that book, "the ask your healthcare provider trump card: playing to win in for 2-layer ambien cr. ask your healthcare provider work and in life." she tweeted like celebrities do there's that mr. clean magic eraser thing again. nowadays up until the vows were exchanged, just finished a clean freak. gorgeous hike, the leaves are [ bottle #2 ] whoa... spectacular, the sun is shin is he better than us? everything is simply perfect. uh, i mean, i mean i feel like it took you like three times longer to do whatever he did... i'm getting married today. > i tt dude, dude, he's got...these -- like -- microscrubbers... >> you didn >> yettgod yeah, i guess... and some good food. magic man. he's a magic man. >> my wedding was the price of her clip, sound what? lindsay lohan who probably could i just want to be squeezed. be up for debate for being on [ male announcer ] remove three times more grime per swipe the graphics, lindsay lohan, she could be there. it's been a rough couple of years for her. with the mr. clean magic eraser. you know she's not really acting anymore. she was dropped by casablanca records. and now apparently, you may have heard she was doing this fashion gig for ungaro. now the "new york pos news are reporting it was all a freebie paid for her own ho flight to paris for her recent appearance for ungaro for paris fashion week. she reportedly did cart off $100,000 worth of clothes. she had been designing for them
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and a lot of people thought maybe this was the direction her career would be >> not so? >> i don't know what direction ided graphics for "the skinny." i have a feing ll a agand aand z at the movies this weekend a film about a pioneering woman pilot and a vampire flick with action sequences that defy the laws of nature, including gravity. >> we'll start with "amelia." it's been 72 years since she disappeared. we still can't get enough of her. there have been i read nine movies made about her, not to mention books and tv shows. i think we've seen enough after this one. this one chronicles her triumphs, setting aviation
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records. it also probes into her personal life. her open marriage to publisher george putnam who helped shape assistance getting around their homes. her public image. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify she had an affair with the you for a new power chair or scooter at little to no author gene vidal played by ewan cost to you. stay tuned for this important medicare benefit mcgregor. her husband played by richard information and free scooter guarantee. gere sits by the radio waiting imagine... for an update to go on a quest one scooter or power chair that could improve your around the world. >> don't keep me waiting. >> i won't dare. >> after the fourth, we're going may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. home. one company that can make it all happen ... >> where is that? >> for me? anywhere you are. your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. >> romantic, isn't it? why should you call the scooter store today? except there wasn't a lot of chemistry between the two of because their mobility experts are also medicare experts. them. it really wasn't that great of a and that means the scooter store is your best shot at movie for somebody who won two oscars, hilary swank, i'd expect qualifying for a scooter that costs you little to nothing. better. i give it three kernels because hi i'm doug harrison. of the historical significance but i'm being generous. >> i saw cirque du freak. pay little to nothing out of pocket. if you haven't heard anything how do we do it? about this movie i didn't know we know what it takes to get you your power chair adapted from a book. you immediately know it when you
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it's our strength. sit down to watch the movie. it's our mission. and we back it up with the scooter store guarantee. two high school kids see an advertisement for cirque du if we qualify you and medicare denies your claim freak, aful traing freak show. they immediately are drawn in by for a new powerchair or scooter, i'll give it to the sort of ring master, mr. you absolutely free. crepsly or john c. riley. i paid into medicare all my life, and when i needed more or less what happens is the two young boys are involved in a it the benefit was there for me. sordid plot. the scooter store made it so easy. the premise is one of the kids gets bit by a spider. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. the other kid in order to saves him says, i'll become a vampire to work off the debt and get an antidote from the person who can help you. watch this scene. the scooter store got me back out in the world again. >> lick your fingers. talk to. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little to no cost to you. >> whoa, is that like vampire power? do i have super spit now? >> yes, you have super spit. >> it really is an all-star cast. john c. riley, salma hayek. they're excellent in terms of their acting. i can only give it 2 1/2 kernels. i think the biggest time with
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kernels. i think the biggest time with the movi[shouting]hole time is [swords clank] watch out! all hands on deck! ...but when it mattered most... give me all your treasure! imagine what a little time can do for your family. ah, ha! take that! the war crimes trial of bosnian serb leader karojic missed me! uhh! begins in the netherlands. he's accused of some of the worst atrocities since world war ii. memorial services for 7-year-old murder victim somer thompson continue in north florida while detectives investigate hundreds of tips. president obama visits military personnel today in jacksonville, florida, and attends a fund-raiser in miami. finally from us this half hour, major household appliances of the future that, get this, promise to work harder. >> and, they could work smarter as well by remote control. some futuristic features might be found on them. they might surprise you. here's sharon alfonsi. ♪ i wish the refrigerator door would close and stay closed ♪
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>> reporter: it was enough to inspire song. appliances of the future ♪ i wish i had a stove whose pilot light was always lit ♪ yah! [horse whinny] [wood breaks] crack! >> reporter: back then manufacturers promised help meeeee! appliances that would save you somebody help her! time. now it's all about cutting costs c'mon deputy, let's go! and saving energy. they're called smart appliances. while they won't do the laundry for you, they could help you do it a little cheaper. take the smart dryer. whirlpool's hoping to release in hold on! the next two years. here's how it would work. yah! with just a switch you could take my hand! choose to allow the power company to control your dryer remotely. what are you guys doing out here? put your wet clothes in and then leave it be. dad was just helping me take care of katie. the power company takes over. and instead of running the dryer you know... runaway stage. well, dinner will be ready in a few minutes. during peak hours when electricity is most expensive, imagine what a little time can do for your family. they can remotely send a signal
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to switch it on during nonpeak hours when it's cheaper. it could even switch to an energy saver mode during peak hours. >> we get a signal from the utility, please reduce power use, and it will continue to tumble. so your clothes are going to terror target. stay wrinkle-free tumbling but the heater is off. suicide bombs aimed at baghdad's government. you as a consumer probably iraq's deadliest day in years didn't even notice the event had and its impact on u.s. military happened. >> reporter: there are still plans. unknowns exactly how this then, critical condition. technology will work and how the swine flu's escalating much it will cost. threat on health care. the government is ironing out a >> more people are going to standard how utility companies hospitals. will transmit and receive and sadly, more people are signals to home appliances. dying. >> the medical state of once that's in place, the same emergency. technology could be used to and, home improvement. allow you to remotely control how appliances of the future everything from your promise to work harder and refrigerator to your washing smarter. machine, even your hot water it's monday, october 26th. heater. >> from abc news, this is "world >> you will be able to control news now." your energy usage from wherever >> harder and smarter. you are. sounds like an appliance anyone maybe send a command on your iphone. here could use. >> reporter: saving households >> we could, it would be great hundreds of dollars a month. if it could do it all for you. perhaps enough to inspire a >> it would be nice. song. we'll hear much are much more ♪ a new refrigerator an about it coming up.
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good morning and thanks for being with us. as u.s. troops prepare to leave iraq there are questions this morning about whether the iraqi military and police can adequately protect that country. >> at least 147 people died in suicide attacks this weekend in baghdad, raising fears about new violence. sonia gallego is joining us from london with the latest. good morning, sonya. >> good morning, vinita. those questions upper most in people's minds after sunday morning's attack which was the largest attack of its kind in iraq for over two years. the bombs which exploded during the city's rush hour, right in the heart of baghdad's administrative district, next to the green zone, clearly designed to kill as many people as possible. according to the iraqi authorities the suicide bombers drove their cars into parking bays by the ministry of justice and a local government office, and then detonated them, causing horrific destruction. hours after the attack, rescue workers were still continuing to look for bodies in the charred remains of the rubble.
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this after a year which has seen violence dramatically fall in the country following the surge. iraqi security sources are not up to the task to return to the bad old days when these bombings occurred regularly. president obama called them hateful and destructive. and offered his full support to the iraqi prime minister nuri al maliki and president talibani. it represents a problem for mr. obama. he has pledged to have all combat troops out of iraq by next august to prepare for a full military draw-down in 2012. if iraq security forces are not able to prevent more attacks like these or if they are still susceptible to insurgents that is going to call the draw-down into question. >> sonia gallego live in london, thank you. at least four american servicemen are dead after a helicopter collision over southern gast. military investigators say two choppers flown by nato-led
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troops crashed mid-air. coalition forces say there was no hostile fire. it is the second military helicopter crash in garnls in a week. federal investigators are looking into whether or not a weekend explosion and fire at a fuel depot in puerto rico was caused by arson. the fire west of san juan led to the evacuation of hundreds of people saturday. it left thick, toxic smoke spewing across the area. president obama designated puerto rico as an emergency zone and ordered federal aid. a wildfire burning in the santa cruz mountains of california forced people living in 60 homes out of the area. the fires consumed hundreds of acres, forcing evacuations. 1,000 firefighters will be there later today to continue the battle. in palm beach, florida, police are investigating the death of a key figure in the bernard madoff ponzi scheme. the body of jeffry picower was pulled from the pool outside his oceanfront mansion sunday. the 67-year-old billionaire was pronounced dead a short time
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later. brian ross has insight on picower's sudden death. >> there was no sign of depression. no suggestion of suicide. although investigators say they should be sure to do toxicology reports and tests on picower because of his major role in this scam. with his death he takes many of the secrets to the grave. >> a family attorney said picower suffered from parkinson's disease and had heart-related issues as well. long lines are expected again this week as people try to get vaccinated against the swine flu. thousands were turned away over the weekend as clinics ran out of the vaccine. the government has announced that about 28 million doses would be available by the end of the month. not nearly enough to meet the huge demand. the president has now declared a national emergency to treat those who become sick. here's rachel martin. >> reporter: a national emergency conjures up images of major disasters like hurricanes and floods. now, the flu. >> it's sad that we've been here
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since 1:45. >> this epidemic is continuing to progress and more people are going to emergency rooms. more people are going to hospitals. and sadly, more people are dying. >> reporter: white house officials say the emergency declaration isn't linked to current infection rates. instead, they say, it's a proactive move that allows the department of health and human services to waive some federal regulations for hospitals that may get overrun with swine flu victims. >> this declaration really changes the playing fields for hospitals. they've been doing planning for disasters. now they can implement those plans. >> that means giving hospitals like this one the flexibility they need to extend care for swine flu victims outside hospital walls. and still get reimbursed by medicare and medicaid. >> we are thinking about hospitals that will put tents outside their emergency rooms so they can kind of triage patients, separate the less sick from the really sick. and i think we'll see some institutions go out and set up
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satellite clinics in places that are somewhat remote from the hospital. >> this whole thing isn't about the fact that things are worse now. but it's really about hospitals being able to be prepared in case they get worse. >> reporter: but worse could be on its way. one thing the president's emergency declaration doesn't change, the production of the vaccine. far behind schedule and far short of demand. rachel martin, abc news, washington. composer andrew lloyd webber, the man behind hits like "evita" and "phantom of the opera," promises to return to work despite his cancer diagnosis. the theater legend has kept his prostate cancer a secret for months. webber says the cancer is in its early stages and he is being treated. recently lloyd webber announced the sequel to "phantom of the opera." here's a look at your weather this monday. heavy rain from houston to chicago. flooding and severe weather along the eastern half of texas today. heavy snow in the cascades and
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northern rockies. rain in seattle and portland. hot and dry with strong winds in california near the fire in the santa cruz mountains. >> 86 in phoenix. 61 in salt lake city. just 44 in colorado springs. indianapolis climbs to 66. omaha 53. fargo 51. 59 in boston. 68 in atlanta. president obama sending a message making it clear he's not spending all of his down time in an all boys' club. >> for the first time since taking office he invited a woman to one of his golf outings. that is white house staffer melanie barnes who joined the men on the links today in virginia. the president was recently criticized for not asking women staffers to play basketball with him. >> the white house acknowledged the inclusion of barnes was a first but they pointed out the president did play golf with women on the campaign trail. so there you go. i hope she let him win like any good subordinate would do to her boss. what do you think? that's what you have to do to the boss. >> maybe after that she was
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welcome back to "world news now." jury selection begins in a sleepy west texas town today. the first trial stemming from last year's high-profile raid on a polygamist sect. >> sex wall assault of an underage bride. from the abc news vault here's "nightline" from april 11th,
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2008. >> reporter: this polygamist group called the fundamentalist church of church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, or flds, is not just limited to one small town in rural west texas. the group is estimated to have well over 10,000 members in at least five outposts throughout the american west and even in canada. we spent time last fall in the original flds home base. two neighboring towns encircled by red cliffs way out in the desert straddling the utah/arizona border. here we found women and girls in prairie dress and little boys taught to be so wary of outsiders that they actually threw rocks at us. and we heard horror stories from women who else scaped the flds church. women like laurie checkwin. >> young women would have her father come to her and say, you're getting married right now? >> yes, i know one who had four hours' notice.
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her and her sister real fast made a wedding dress and they were ready. >> three or four days and the biggest thing probably that's ever happened to you is going to happen to you and you have no choice? >> yes. my mother taught me the facts of life, about section, the night before i got married and it just freaked me out. >> reporter: polygamous groups like flds have a long history. in 1890, the mainstream mormon church i couldn't tell lawoutla. fundamentalists refuelsed to comply and broke off on their own. the turned into a pr disaster. the pictures of kids taken away from their mothers so enraged the american public that the children were actually returned and the community was then largely left alone, out here in the desert, for decades. enter warren jeffs, a lanky, mild-mannered former accountant who took over as the prophet of the flds church in 2002. he imposed complete control,
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accumulating as many as 70 wives, and giving sermons like this. >> your all, your money, your time, your everything, your families, belong to the prophet. do his will and he will guide you how to exalt your family. >> reporter: sam brower a private investigator who's been looking into the church for years. >> the underage girl aspect of it has escalated since warren jeffs came into power. and that used to be something that happened from time to time. but now it's just -- it's gotten out of hand. it's out of control. >> reporter: in recent years, as young women started to escape the church and tell their stories publicly, and as police and private investigators started paying more attention to this place, warren jeffs allegedly told his followers to build huge fences around their houses. and then he decided to move his most loyal followers, so
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the-called heart's core, even further out of sight. the church started buying up private tracts of land and building compounds like the one in el dorado, texas. these places were even more remote and they were run by warren jeffs' personally chosen lieutenants. >> the people that are there in el dorado consider themselves more pious and more righteous. and, you know, probably up a notch as far as the pecking order and hierarchy goes. >> reporter: and it is in el dorado, critics say, that the church escalated its child abuse. police searching the temple earlier this week found beds where they suspect child brides may have been deflowered immediately after their so-called celestial marriages. for 17 years, carolyn jessop was married to merrill jessop, the man in charge of the el dorado compound. she was one of his eight wives. >> i never had a claim to freedom. i never had any claim on safety.
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i never had a claim on understanding that was a human being with dignity. i was never allowed dignity. >> reporter: we caught up with jessop as she traveled to texas to try to work with authorities there as they try to establish relationships with the 416 children now in their custody. >> they've been indoctrinated that the outside world is evil. that they're agents of the devil and they want to destroy them. and they'll try to get into their good braces to trick them and make them think they're their friends. if they start trusting them, they'll turn on them and they are at the mercy of the devil and no one can help them. >> reporter: while communicating with these children may be extremely difficult, sam brower, the private investigator, says there is one potentially positive thing here. the fact that the male church members did not resort to violence could be a sign that warren jeffs, who is now in prison, convicted as an accomplice to rape, may no longer have complete control. >> when there was a standoff at the temple before the authorities went into the
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temple, i think that there probably would have been a good possibility that warren would have told those men to just die at their posts. and it could have turned a lot worse than it is. >> reporter: this is still a tremendously difficult situation for the authorities in texas and potentially for the entire country. >> this is a problem that moved into texas from another state. and it's spreading through the western united states. into colorado, south dakota. it's growing. >> reporter: this is dan harris for "nightline." >> a look at our vault from a year ago. we mentioned this trial is taking place in a small town in west texas. thes really rare for them. it's the first jury trial they've had in about a decade. usually they deal with drunk driving cases. that's about it. >> they're saying one of the hardest issues is trying to find people who can honestly say they can sit on the jury and not be swayed by what they heard. everyone heard about this case. everyone followed it just given the details of it and how alarming it really was.
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>> especially in a small town like that where everybody has an opinion. what justin timberlake had opinion. what justin timberlake had to do we can never be too careful when giving our kids over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. i'm chandra wilson, and i'm a mother of three. children's cough and cold medicines are safe and effective, but like all medicines, they can have real risks if misused or stored incorrectly. research shows that most overdoses from otc cough and cold medicines happen when parents give the wrong dose or kids get into the medicines. here are a few simple rules all parents should follow when treating their kids with otc cough and cold medicines. always keep medicines out of the reach and sight of children. never give more than the recommended dose, and always use the enclosed measuring device. do not use these medicines to make your child sleepy, and follow new recommendations to not give otc cough and cold medicines to children under the age of 4. as always, if you have questions, talk to your doctor.
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to learn more, visit otcsafety.org, because as parents, we're in charge of our kids' health. >>. >> just complaining about how we need to update the open to "the skinny." apparent already our director took us at our word, there's no open. >> we're openly debate looking in, who's hip, who should be in. >> they're in the background. j. lo and angelina jolie and all that. we were thinking to ourselves, those pictures are starting to get a little dated. >> we think octomom is the way, we want to head in that direction. >> you can go to facebook, weigh in on it, go to our fan page and choose that way. you go ahead. >> we were talking about justin timberlake before we went to break. he must have had a white-canuck ank knuckle weekend. he got a temporary restraining
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order against a woman he's described as obsessed, mentally unstable and a celebrity stalker. according to him what's happened is that in the past couple of weeks she's shown up at his home. he thinks she might be homeless but he says she continues to show up at the house. she enters through the gate and refuses to leave for weeks at a time. this past weekend it happened one more time. security staff confronted her and said, please leave. again, she wouldn't leave. now he has a temporary restraining order. and the most bizarre element of this, her name is karen mcneil, a 48-year-old woman. they're saying she's stalked celebrities before. she did something similar and was sentenced to a year in prison after doing the same thing with guns and roses front man axl rose. >> she's got interesting, varied taste in men. you couldn't get more different than axl rose and justin timberlake. >> musical interests. >> she's a cougar and loves her some celebrities. well, hopefully she stays away. stays a the bay.
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we've talked at length about your wedding on this show. you had a lot of beautiful things at your wedding. one thing you did not have, regis philbin singing. >> wow. >> ivanka trump apparently did. over the weekend she tied the knot to jared kushner. apparently one of the biggest highlights, one of the nearest and dearest who attended was regis philbin who apparently was on tap to sing. it was a vera wang wedding gown designed to resemble great kelly's. she had a $45,000 hair clip in her hair. >> what? >> $130,000 diamond drop earrings. >> what? keep going. >> and a $90,000 art deco-inspired bracelet from her own jewelry line. >> does it give you a total bill for the wedding? clearly in the millions. >> she just wrote that book "the trump card: playing to win in work and in life." she tweeted like celebrity dozen nowadays up until the vows were
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exchanged, just finished a gorgeous hike, the leaves are spectacular, the sun is shining, i'm getting married today. >> i think she trumped my wedding. handily. >> you didn't have regis but you had some pretty good stuff. >> my wedding was the price of her clip, sounds like. lindsay lohan who could be on debate for being on the graphics, linsey lohan, it's been a rough couple of years for her. you know she's not really acting anymore. she was dropped by casablanca records. you may have heard she was doing this fashion gig for engarro. now the "new york post" and fox news are reporting it was all a freebie. the "post" is saying linsey paid for her own hotel and flight to paris at paris fashion week. she reportedly did cart off $100,000 worth of clothes. she had been designing for them and a lot of people thought maybe this was the direction her career would be going in. i don't know what direction it's headed in.
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>> i take that back, maybe she's not suitable for the open to our graphics for "the skinny." >> you don't think so? i have a feeling she'll appear again, and again, and again. z
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the war crimes trial of bosnian serb leader karojic begins in the netherlands. he's accused of some of the worst atrocities since world war ii. memorial services for 7-year-old murder victim somer thompson continue in north florida while detectives investigate hundreds of tips. president obama visits military personnel today in jacksonville, florida, and attends a fund-raiser in miami. finally from us this half hour, major household appliances of the future that, get this, promise to work harder. >> and, they could work smarter as well by remote control. some futuristic features might be found on them. they might surprise you. here's sharon alfonsi
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♪ i wish the refrigerator door would close and stay closed ♪ >> reporter: it was enough to inspire song. appliances of the future ♪ i wish i had a stove whose pilot light was always lit ♪ >> reporter: back then manufacturers promised applia e appliances that would save you time. now it's all about cutting costs and saving energy. they're called smart appliances. while they won't do the laundry for you they could help you do it a little cheaper. take the smart dryer. whirlpool's hoping to release in the next two years. here's how it would work. with just a switch you could choose to allow the power company to control your dryer remotely. put your wet clothes in and then leave it be. the power company takes over. and nevada running the dryer during peak hours when electricity is most expensive, they can remotely send a signal to switch it on during nonpeak hours when it's cheaper.
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it could even switch to an energy saver mode during peak hours. >> we get a signal from the utility, please reduce power use, and it will continue to tumble. so your clothes doctoring to stay wrinkle-free tumbling but the heater is off. you as a consumer probably didn't even notice the event had happened. >> reporter: there are still unknowns exactly how this technology will work and how much it will cost. the government is ironing out a standard how utility companies will transmit and receive signals to home appliances. once that's in place, the same technology could be used to allow you to remotely control everything from your refrigerator to your washing machine, even your hot water heater. >> you will be able to control your energy usage from wherever you are. maybe send a command on your iphone. >> reporter: saving households hundreds of dollars a month perhaps enough to inspire a song. ♪ a new refrigerator and a phone ♪ >> reporter: sharon alfonsi, abc news. >> if you close it in the dryer
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political push. the health care reform fight reaches a pivotal point this week. the key issue and the next step on capitol hill. then, life saver. a mother and daughter who could have died on 9/11 finally thank their rescuer. >> and it brings a lot of tears to my eyes. and, madoff mystery. a key figure in bernard madoff's ponzi scheme who allegedly made billions is found dead in florida. it's monday, october 26th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and just in time for halloween, just moments from now we're going to show you how to scream the loudest or who is screaming the loudest. >> are we doing an in-studio
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test? >> maybe, if you're volunteering. >> keisha? no, she's shaking her head. >> we'll get somebody to scream. it may be you. stick around on this monday, i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita fair. what could be a turning point in the battle for health care reform. democrats say they are close to having enough votes in the senate to pass a bill. >> the bill would include a version of the so-called public option when all republicans seem to say they oppose. >> reporter: after all the talking -- >> public option. >> public option. >> public option. >> public option. >> and screaming. >> who sent me here? >> you haven't done a darn thing. >> reporter: health care reform may reach the tipping point this week. senator harry reid has gone silent, working behind closed doors, believing he'll have a filibuster-proof 60 votes in a day or two. >> i think we're close to getting the 60 votes we need to move forward. >> reporter: reid has
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resurrected the public option, a government-run health plan to compete with private insurance. to get the 60 votes he's creating what might be called the option option. reid wants to create a national not for profit health care plan. senators may have three options to implement such a plan. allow states to opt in, or opt out. or create a trigger so that the public plan is only activated if private insurance companies are unable to cut costs. new polls show a majority of americans support a public option. and democrats think they know why. >> it's open enrollment period right now. so many people are looking once again at another year where they're not going to get a raise because all of their raise is going to go to increased health care costs. >> reporter: not one republican has signed on to the reid plan and they think democrats are nervous. >> congress is acting like a teenager with their parents' credit card not worried about who's going to have to pay the bill. >> reporter: it's republicans who may be nervous.
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who may he be able to stop this s. reid's option option gets 60 david kerley, abc news, washington. long lines for swine flu vaccinations are expected this week after the president declared a health care emergency. thousands were turned away over the weekend as clinics ran out of the h1n1 vaccine. the government has promised the of the h1n1 vaccine. the government has promised the month, bu far below the 40 million originally predicted. in iraq they are dealing with devastation after a major bombing in baghdad. at least 147 people were killed in the suicide attack which targeted two government buildings. the bbc's gabriel gatehouse reports from baghdad. >> reporter: the first huge explosion was followed by a second. less than a minute after one car bomb hit the justice ministry, another exploded near the local governor's office. the bombs were timed to go off at one of the busiest times of day in one of the busiest parts of baghdad, in the heart of the city's administrative area, and right next to the green zone.
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the destruction is immense. hours after the explosions, rescue workers were still sifting through the rubble and the wreckage, looking for bodies and survivors. as the day wore on, so the death toll mounted. this was the worst attack in over two years in a country where security is slowly and finally supposed to be getting better. security in iraq is a relative concept. violence has declined drastically over the past years. bombings, shootings and killings remain a daily reality. the death toll runs into the hundreds. both iraqis and american military will be asking searching questions about the iraqi security forces. are they competent enough to secure the cities and are they immune from infiltration by insurgents? gabriel gatehouse, bbc news for abc news in baghdad. a key player in the bernard madoff ponzi scheme has died. jeffry picower was pulled from the pool outside his palm beach mansion sunday. the 67-year-old billionaire suffered from parkinson's
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disease and heart troubles. investigators have told abc news that picower likely would have faced criminal charges in connection with madoff's ponzi scheme. for those who survived the september 11th attacks memories of that tragic day are incredibly painful of course. but there are also stories of incredible human kindness. stories that tie some survivors together forever. eric horng has one such story. >> reporter: lee and faye gilmore would have died on 9/11 if not for the quick thinking of two complete strangers. >> they could easily have just run for their lives. >> they were putting themselves in peril. >> reporter: that day, mother and daughter were inside the world trade center marriott, a 22-story hotel nestled between the twin towers. the attack halted the marriott elevators, stranding lee in her wheelchair. the two waited on the fifth floor as other guests fled. >> everybody came past. i would say, "please tell them in the lobby that i'm up here." >> reporter: but the message never got relayed. a hopeful hour passed.
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the situation growing desperate. when suddenly hotel employee greg frederick appeared. he and his boss arnelfo punse helped lee with her room two days earlier and remembered she was there. >> when i saw her on the floor it always comes back to me. it brings a lot of tears to my eyes. >> reporter: greg brought the women downstairs in the working freight elevator and they separated moments before the first tower fell, destroying the marriott. >> we'd have been in the collapsed hotel. definitely. >> there's no way you would have made it? >> no. no way in the world. >> reporter: for years afterward they spoke about the women, not knowing their names or their fate haunted them. last month the answer finally came. >> hotel ground zero. >> reporter: in this history channel special featuring lee and faye. >> i thought, i am not going to die here. >> this has been with me fare eight years. for eight years.
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now finally it's finally come closed for me. >> reporter: the four eventually got in contact. >> going to chicago. >> reporter: and this weekend there was a long-awaited reunion party. >> good to see you, how you doing? >> oh! >> i am alive. >> thank god for that. >> because of you. >> reporter: what does this moment mean for you? >> it's overwhelming. i can't imagine her being here after eight years and we all being here together. >> reporter: four people joined by fate. finally reunited. eric horng, abc news, chicago. federal investigators have been questioning the two pilots flying a northwest airlines jet that overshot minneapolis. the ntsb confirmed two pilots were being interviewed sunday but they would not elaborate. the airline is investigating the northwest flight from san diego overflew minneapolis by 150 miles louisiana wednesday before getting back on course. up to a foot of snow in the cascades and northern rockies today. a chance of severe weather down there.
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those downpours extend to little rock, st. louis, and chicago. also scattered showers in south florida. >> a near record high of 89 in miami. 60s from atlanta to new york. 63 in detroit. 51 in fargo. 47 in the twin cities. 56 in portland. 57 in albuquerque. 54 in billings, montana. get that screen voice ready. i mean it too. >> i don't want to wake people up. they're lulled into sleep by our voices. >> wake then up, we need the viewers. a collection of blood-kurdling screams that could make your hair stand on end. >> pretty much what mine would sound like. >> we'll see. >> the decibel levels were off the charts. during the national scream contest in nebraska. participants got into character and costume to offer up their best glass-shattering screams. >> they were scored on three things. intensity, facial expression, and the ability to make the judges 'skin crawl. she wins for facial impression. just a little scream.
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harvard university's medical school is boosting security this morning after six people were apparently poisoned. while it remains unclear whether the scientists and students were
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intentionally poisoned in the august incident, harvard administrators are taking no chances. all six people fell sick after drinking a potentially lethal chemical in coffee, purchased from the same vending machine. they all reported feeling dizzy and experienced low blood pressure. in the hague today a war crimes trial gets under way. bossnyian serb leader karojic will face genocide charges for the killing of muslims and croats during the bosnian war in the '90s. dozens of survivors plan to testify. some pictures you are about to see might be disturbing. >> reporter: sarajevo as the snipers saw it. for 44 months they held it in their sights. crossing a street like this exposed you to their guns. november 1994. a woman has just been shot in the abdomen. her name is jenana. the bullet passed straight through her. she doesn't yet know it has killed her 7-year-old son, struck in the head.
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his dead is part of the indictment. his mother expects to be a prosecution witness. it's very important, she told me. i expect him to get life. i'll miss my son until the day i die. that's why i'll go to the hague. i would go to the moon for justice for my son. every street in sarajevo, every apartment block, has a tale like this. full of sorrow. it is the unfinished business of the war. the hague indictment lists hundreds of similar incidents. the most notorious in july 1995. 8,000 muslim men and boys were rounded up and murdered in the space of five days. they are still burying newly identified dead. it is the darkest episode in bosnia's war. around 1,000 died here. herded into a warehouse. hemmed in. there was no escape.
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the prosecution say they were killed by a hand grenade and a hail of machine gunfire. the men who pulled the triggers and threw the gone mads stood right here a few feet away. how do you draw a direct line of culpability between them, then the bullet holes they made, and ranavankaraviched him, sitting behind his desk? but bosnia is a world of parallel truths. there has been no real thawing of relations. serb public opinion is not ready to accept the criminal liability of the wartime leaders. he's still admired here. there were no organized crimes, he says. people say there was genocide. but that whole story needs to be re-examined. people talk about a massacre in 1995. but what about all the serbs who were killed there in 1992?
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radavankaravich's trial will last months for there are many stories to be told. more than 100,000 people died here. and the damp boss 93ian earth is still offering up new evidence. alan little, bbc news, in boss they yeah. >> they certainly are very hard images to see. he intends to boycott. he says he needs months to prepare a defense. it should be interesting to see how he goes forward in the trial. >> we remember his slowing slobodan milosevic who spent five years in prison on a war crimes conviction but he died of a heart attack too. we'll see how this plays out. when we return we'll get back to one of this morning's top stories. the death of jeffry picower. >> the death investigation and insight from his community, next. o is a bond that we share to help us stay close. [male announcer] find out how you can help at uso dot org
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the medica the medical examiner in palm beach county, florida, will perform an autopsy on jeffry picower today. he was bernard madoff's close friend who was found dead. >> picower's life and death were closely followed by our west palm beach station in our "american landscape." >> we were told that the wife and housekeeper were getting the patient out of the pool. >> we begin with a developing story out of palm beach. a major figure in the bernie madoff scam is found by his wife floating in his pool. let's kick things off live outside good samaritan medical center where picower was pronounced dead. >> reporter: jeffry picower, 67 years old, was rushed here to good sam hospital shortly after 1:00 this afternoon. hospital officials confirming he did pass away. he was pronounced dead here at the hospital. now, it is still too early to
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tell exactly what happened. why jeffry picower died this afternoon. but investigators are still working even at this late hour, trying to further their investigation. in the darkness of the night, palm beach police remained on the scene of the picower mansion. pressing hard for answers as to how the 67-year-old billionaire died earlier in the afternoon while swimming in his pool. >> the call came in as a drowning. that there was a patient at the bottom of the pool while we were en route to get here, we were told that the wife and housekeeper were getting the patient out of the pool. >> reporter: it was around 12:30. fire rescue crews arrived on the scene and found picower unconscious, not breathing, and pout without a pulse. >> he was actually on the edge of the pool. he had his face out of the water. when we arrived. >> reporter: now, an interesting thing to note is the associated press is reporting that a family
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representative says picower suffered from parkinson's disease as well as heart problems. whether or not that had a role to play in his death today remains a mystery. a mystery that investigators, even at this hour, are trying to get to the bottom of. >> the picower foundation gave nearly $270 million to various civic organizations and charities before it was forced to shut down when the scheme collapsed. it was a quiet night on palm beach. not many people were out. many of those who were didn't know jeffry picower. those who did knew all about him. >> i think mr. picower, from what we know, was a marvelous philanthropist. i think he chose very fair charities. >> i think he did something good, you know. giving donations to where it was needed. i think he did a good thing. >> reporter: what he and his wife barbara did was give millions of dollars to charities
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through their picower foundation. he seemed reclusive to many people but not in palm beach. >> he came her a lot. he commanded a presence. >> reporter: not only were the picowers regular patrons, they were often the topic of conversation among the other patrons. >> people would notice him. when he was here, knew what he did. >> reporter: the picowers donated money nationwide. locally, two charities stand out among their favorites. the boys and girls clubs of palm beach county and the united way. >> when we had hurricanes a couple of years ago, even though it wasn't in the area of picower foundation line of giving, barbara picower picked right up and sent us money. >> he was well-known for being very generous. but very engaging. and that's what i got the feeling. very engaging about the details of his charity were doing. >> reporter: word of picower's passing slowly spread on palm beach. at ronato's, his impact, present
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and past, will be felt. >> he was a great man. his legacy i think should be a positive one. and just -- he really, really devoted his life to help others. >> reporter: at the palm beach grill, picower was also the hot topic tonight though patrons didn't want to talk on camera about his passing, concerned about his ties to bernie madoff who's serving a 150-year prison sentence after he admitted to bilking his investors out of billions of dollars. >> so much money involved when you think about this family. "forbes" listed picower as number 371 of the wealthiest people. they're saying his daughter, gabrielle, was making about $5 billion as a result of that ponzi scheme as well. >> you heard so much talk in our "american landscape" coverage about his philanthrop. the question is, yeah, he gave away this money, where'd it company from? $7.2 billion he's accused of having made profit from in the madoff scandal.
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"world news now" delivers your morning papers. >> it is paper time on monday. you know, the body builders. they're always saying, it took years of hard work for my body to look like this. somehow that seems a little bit disingenuous when giuliano stro is saying it, took years of hard work. the problem is he's 5 years old. how many years of hard work could have gone into making he is body look like the body you're about to see? here's video of him getting into the guinness book of world records by doing the fastest ten-meter handwalking race in history for a young person. that got him in the guinness book of world records.
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clearly he's in great shape. look at those guns, would you? wait until you see the picture -- there we go, look at that. he's 5. he's been working out since he was 2. nobody in the family seems to see a problem with it. dad takes him to the gym with him and has ever since he was born. kid likes to train. i don't know, what do you think? >> i'm mesmerized by this video, it's really bizarre. >> body image issues are going to start before kindergarten. >> when he's not flexing he doesn't look that abnormal as a child. it's only when he's showing off the muscle -- >> like that. >> like that. that's not normal looking to me either. >> yeah. there's nothing normal about any of this. oh my gosh. >> wow. >> yeah. >> he's ripped. >> he is ripped. >> did you say 5? >> he's 5. he's going to make all the kindergarteners jealous. >> i hope he doesn't stunt his little growth there. >> i think he might.
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>> i think he might be too. from a little boy to a little train set. were you into trains? >> no, i wasn't. does that come as a surprise? >> no, it doesn't. i'll just power right through that. that is the world's smallst working mad dell train set. and in case you're wondering, this is 1/35,200ths to the real thing. >> i wasn't wondering. that guy needs a manicure. >> who's pointing that out? >> peter our producer in our ear. >> in case you're wondering about the train set this is a start two-inch-long rotating motor. that's what powers it. it's carved out of moldable plastic. and it cost just about like $10 to make. he says more or less this model train is going to be placed inside the model shop as part of a recreation. it's a tiny train that's going to be in another big train set. >> wow. >> i can tell you you were enthralled the entire time. >> he wanted to be in an eating competition so bad he actually set up a google alert for eating competitions.
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death investigation. death investigation. the financier who allegedly made billions in the bernard madoff scam is found dead in his pool. what investigators are saying about jeffry picower. food fight. our first look at a nutrition investigation aimed at cereals. >> the word toxic is strong but i think is justified here. >> results of today's study and how foodmakers are on the defensive. and, insomniac theater. from the latest vampire movie to hollywood's profile of "aviator: amelia earhart." are these films worth your money? it's monday, october 26th.
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>> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i didn't realize until i saw this movie apparently amelia earhart talks like katherine hepburn. i didn't know that. but the way hilary swank portrayed her sounded a little bit -- >> i suppose it's better than the boxer from "million dollar baby." she could have done that voice. >> hm. >> okay. >> we'll see. we'll talk about that coming up this half hour in insomniac theater. good morning. i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. an autopsy is expected today on the body of jeffry picower, a major figure in the bernard madoff scam. >> picower, who likely was going to face criminal charges in connection with the scheme, was found dead in his home. here's stephanie sy. >> reporter: jeffry picower's lifeless body was pulled out of the pool of his mansion shortly after noon. >> he was on the edge of the pool. when we got to him, he had no pulses, he had not breathing on his own. >> reporter: the 67-year-old
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billionaire was pronounced dead at a hospital. >> mr. madoff, what do you have to say for yourself? >> reporter: picower was one of the largest investors in bernard madoff's ponzi scheme. unlike the thousands of madoff victims court filings show he was the largest beneficiary of the scam, pocketing more than $7 billion over three decades. before his reputation was stained by recent allegations, the former new york lawyer and accountant was known as a generous philanthropist. the picower foundation gave nearly $270 million to various civic organizations and charities before it was forced to shut down when madoff's scheme collapsed. stephanie sy, abc news, new york. in iraq there are new questions about the country's security forces after a devastating pair of bombings in baghdad sunday. at least 147 people died in the attack. the deadliest in iraq in more than two years. the bombs were timed to go off at one of the busiest times of the days. many fear such attacks will increase as the country prepares
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for elections in january. in neighboring iran, united nations inspectors are taking a closer look today at one secret uranium enrichment site. it follows western concerns tehran may be trying to build a nuclear bomb. uncovering the truth may take time. >> reporter: inspectors from the iaea, the u.n.'s nuclear watchdog, touched down in tehran on sunday. and headed for the fardu nuclear plant. a once-secret enrichment facility carved into the mountains. last month a trifecta of western leaders, including u.s. president barack obama, revealed the site to the world. critics say a month was plenty of time for iran to remove any evidence and that the islamic republic is stalling for time. on friday, iran missed a deadline to respond to a draft nuclear deal. the u.s., france, and russia want iran to swap its low-enriched uranium for more highly enriched fuel rods which would be harder to use in a nuclear weapon. that would still leave questions whether iran will keep building its nuclear program and if there are other sites and stockpiles
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we've never heard of. even so the proposed plan is being called the elegant solution to iran's nuclear standoff and a major step forward in u.s./iranian relations. these inspections, like the draft deal in vienna and the p5 plus 1 talks in switzerland, are seen as a confidence-building measure. >> i very much hope people see the big picture. see that this agreement could open the way for a complete normalization of relations between iran and the international community. >> reporter: but there are many more steps to go before iran's nuclear crisis, and 30 years of distrust, become a thing of the past. lara setrakian, abc news, dubai. federal investigators are learning more about a toyota defect that led to the automaker's biggest recall in history. the investigation started after a fatal accident in august in southern california. initially investigators thought a defective driver's side floor mat jammed the accelerator. a new report in the "los angeles times" says the gas pedal may be
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flawed. toyota recalled 4 million cars after the investigation began. people across the country are expected to line up again today for a chance to get the swine flu vaccination. over the weekend president obama declared the h1n1 outbreak a national emergency. but that may be making some people even more anxious. here's lisa fletcher. >> reporter: across the country, tens of thousands are hoping time spent in line now -- >> thought it was the end. it goes all the way around the parking lot. >> reporter: will keep them out of the emergency room in the future. >> we have two children and one of them has an asthamatic problem brought on by influenza. we are prepared to wait until we get the shot today. >> reporter: 46 states are reporting h1n1 as widespread. with more than 1,000 deaths and 20,000 hospitalizations. numbers that drive demand for the vaccine. >> we have an unprecedented amount of influenza for this time of year. 98%, 99% of the flu we have now is h1n1.
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>> reporter: the president has declared a national emergency, allowing hospitals to create off-site wards to safely treat those infected with the virus. but does nothing to speed up the manufacture of more vaccine. an unintended consequence? some people are panicking. >> side effect of not getting a shot is death. >> there's nothing like a shortage to make people very concerned. >> reporter: in los angeles, fielding says 3,000 doctors have ordered the vaccine and only 400 have received it. but that will change in the next few weeks. >> it's not like if you don't get it now you're not going to get it. there's no reason to panic. >> reporter: some families waited up to four hours for shots in california beach communities. most got their medicine in much less time. however long the wait, most say it's worth it. >> for the kids to get it we'd wait all day. >> reporter: while doctors say the average case of swine flu is no more dangerous than other cases of flu it does affect young people more severely. more kids under the age of 18
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have died from swine flu, compared to half that number in an average flu season. lisa fletcher, abc news, los angeles. time for your monday forecast. up to 4 inches of rain in texas with flooding, thunderstorms, and a chance of gusty winds and hail from san antonio up to dallas. heavy rain also from little rock to st. louis and chicago. up to 1 foot of snow in parts of the cascades and northern rockies. >> wet 52 in seattle. 62 boise. 79 sacramento. 47 minneapolis. 55 kansas city. 63 detroit. miami hits a near record high of 89. it's in the 60s from atlanta to new york. another big victory for the winningest team in baseball. the new york yankees are heading to the world series for the 40th time. >> that's right. new york fans went wild late last night after the bombers defeated the los angeles angels 5-2, clinching the american league championship 4-2 games. the yanks and mvp cc sabathia will take on the defending world champion philadelphia phillies.
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>> this is new york's first trip to the world series in six years. first in the new stadium. if they beat the phillies it will be their 27th world series title. game one wednesday night in new york at that brand new stadium. we'll be right back. assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little to no cost to you. stay tuned for this important medicare benefit information and free scooter guarantee. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. why should you call the scooter store today? because their mobility experts are also medicare experts. and that means the scooter store is your best shot at qualifying for a scooter that costs you little to nothing.
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recapping one of our top stories, iraq is shuddered by a double suicide bombing that killed at least 147 people. the bombers got past multiple checkpoints before detonating their bombs, raising fresh questions of the state of iraqi security as u.s. troops prepare to depart there. there that reminder iraq is still at war in iraq, as well as afghanistan, was a hot topic on sunday talk shows. >> from the home front, the health care reform battle rages
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on. the first questions about the baghdad bombings and the u.s. withdrawal. >> "face the nation" with cnbc news chief washington correspondent bob schaffer. >> this is the worst bombings in months. the first reports are that this is part of an attempt to reignite the conflict between the warring factions struggling for power in iraq. of course, it raises the question now just how stable iraq is. as u.s. troops continue their withdrawal. we're going to go first this morning to senator mccain. thank you for being with us, senator. senator, isn't this going to raise doubts in the minds of a lot of people about whether the iraqis can enforce security in their own country? >> i think it's a terrible tragedy. i think it's also significant that they have a ways to go. but i agree with the general these attacks will continue but they're not sustainable. >> let's talk about afghanistan. we're coming down to the point where the president is going to
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have to make a decision on when to put more american troops into afghanistan. our commander there says he needs 40,000. but he still can't say that will guarantee success. should the president delay this decision? >> he certainly should not. we are not operating in a vacuum now. americans are still -- 68,000 americans are there already. >> senator, let me ask you about the first thing senator mccain said. he said if he does take the advice of general mcchrystal and sends those 40,000 troops or at least a large contingent into afghanistan, he's going to have trouble with the base of his own party. you're the base of his party. is he going to have trouble with you? >> it's not about me or any political party. he's going to have trouble with the american people. when i did town meetings in august where people were extremely agitated about aspects of health care and other issues, very conservative people, everybody was supportive of my view that it's time to start thinking about bringing troops out of afghanistan, reducing our
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commitment there. >> this is "meet the press with david gregory." >> afghanistan, as the president decides about his strategy the former vice president, dick cheney, was outspoken this week. this is what he said. >> had he announced his afghanistan strategy in march, president obama now seems afraid to make a decision and unable to provide his commander on the ground with the troops he needs to complete the mission. the white house must stop dithering while america's armed forces are in danger. >> senator schumer, dithering? >> well, you know, afghanistan, i agree with joe biden. he said when we hear dick cheney we remember seven years of neglect of afghanistan. that once again now president obama is going to have to deal with. he's dealing with it in a thoughtful, careful way. he's listening to everybody. he will not be rushed to judgment. >> "this week" with abc news chief washington correspondent george stephanopoulos. >> senator mcconnell, let me begin with you. your counterpart, the democratic
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leader in the senate harry reid, has been working the phones several days. he believes he's a day or two away from getting the 60 votes he needs to break any republican filibuster of health care reform. is he right? and does this mean that health care is going to pass this year? >> well, i think we'll have to wait and see. we do know we had the first vote in the health care debate last week and it was a bipartisan majority, 100% of republicans and 13 democrats, agreeing that we should not borrow $250 billion at the outset. in other words, not send a bill to our grandchildren in the very first bill of the health care debate. we'll see how it unfolds. >> what exactly is senator reid talking about on the public option right now? the way it's described to me is that you would have a national plan. it would be a national plan that doesn't impose medicare rates or medicare plus 5% but has the power to negotiate with the private insurance companies. but would also give any individual state the right to say, no, i don't want to be part of the national plan.
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is that what he's calling for now? is it something you can support? >> i think what we're going to end up with is having votes on a number of choices. the ability for states to opt into some kind of not for profit plan. the ability for states to opt out of some kind of not for profit plan to compete with the private insurance companies on this exchange. and then the option to trigger a not for profit plan if the insurance companies don't manage to bring down costs within a certain period of time. i frankly have not drawn a line in the sand. i support the public option. i'll vote for the public option. but i'm focused on these deficit costs. on how can we reconfigure the way we pay for health care in a way that long-term will begin to have an impact on these deficits? >> much to talk about. the public option on the sunday morning talk shows. there is as you heard sort of a new confidence among senate leaders that harry reid especially saying he could have a filibuster-proof public option
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within days. we'll see if that's true. >> you look at the polls, it seems people are showing more confidence in this public option. especially during this period of open enrollment when they are looking at their own insurance coverage and saying, what should i do? should i renew, should i not? >> the president has said he wants it but it's not a deal breaker. we'll see if it's included in the fi
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today, a scathing new report on marketing to children is set to be released. researchers say they have proof the cereals with the least nutritional value get the biggest sales push. >> they say the industry's promise to police itself has been a failure. dan harris got an exclusive advance look. ♪ >> reporter: before the average american child even reaches kindergarten, according to the new report from yale university, he or she has seen 642 cereal ads a year. >> grrreat! >> reporter: the vast majority of them for sugared cereals. >> marshmallow power! >> reporter: the report names
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names, listing the ten least nutritional cereals that are advertised to children as measured by a system developed at oxford university. the study shows most of these cereals are the ones that get the heaviest marketing push. >> one looks at the rank order list of the worst nutrition cereals. it's stunning how the worst cereals are marketed so aggressively to children. >> reporter: it's not just on saturday morning tv anymore. ♪ >> reporter: makers of sugared cereals have developed slick websites with games and music and cartoons which critics say suck children into an entire world controlled by the brand. all of it, says study author kelly brownell, is feeding america's growing childhood obesity epidemic. >> kids today, this is your term, live in a toxic food environment?kids today, this is term, live in a toxic food environment? >> the word toxic is strong but i think is justified here. >> reporter: three years ago the industry announced with some fanfare it would police itself. by changing the way it markets
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to children. but yale researchers point out that under the industry's new standards, many of the least nutritional cereals qualify as "better for you foods." >> if you take the top ten cereals that have the worst nutrition ratings, every one is considered by industry a better for you food. because they have set the standards that they then meet. >> reporter: so, sounds like a demonstrable failure. >> it's a demonstrable failure. >> i think he's demonstrably wrong in drawing that conclusion. >> reporter: elaine kohl points out that food companies have made their sugared cereals more nutritious. so, froot loops, cap'n crunch, cocoa puffs, these are all better for you cereals? explain how that works. it seems to me there is nothing worse for you. >> i don't know how they came to their conclusion that they're the least nutritional products. because children's cereals that are advertised in our program are low in calories, they're chock full of vitamins and nutrients.
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>> reporter: the federal trade commission says while food companies have made changes they are not enough. >> definitely more needs to be done and we expect that with the nutritional standards that we're developing along with our sister federal agencies, that we'll set the bar a lot higher. >> reporter: but, and this is key, those new standards will be voluntary. not mandatory. abc news reached out to some of the companies named in yale study. none of them has seen the report but kellogg's says it has reduced advertising to kids under 12 by 50%. quaker, which owns cap'n crunch, says it is working to make that cereal more nutritious. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> i think it is interesting to notice how much children are marketed. i find it hard to believe that a lot of parents out there wouldn't know some of these cereals perhaps aren't the most nutritious for their children. >> seems like parents are sort of abdicating some of the responsibility there. i'm reminded of this funny old movie with dudley moore, "crazy people" about advertising.
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remember when the advertisers had to tell the truth? and it worked. maybe if they took the honest approach saying, these cereals aren't as good for you -- >> a banner of, four cups of sugar in each bowl. >> maybe my theory's a little flawed, who knows.
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at the movies this weekend a film about a pioneering woman pilot and a vampire flick with action sequences that defy the laws of nature, including gravity. >> it is insomniac theater time. we'll start with "amelia." it's been 72 years since she disappeared. we still can't get enough of her. there have been i read nine movies made about her, not to mention books and tv shows. i think we've seen enough after this one. we didn't need another one.
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this one chronicles her triumphs, setting aviation records. it also probes into her personal life. her open marriage to publisher george putnam who helped shape her public image. i did say open marriage. she had an affair with jean vee gene vidal, the father of the author gore vidal, played by ewan mcgregor. her husband played by richard gere sits by the radio waiting for an update to go on a quest around the world. >> don't keep me waiting. >> i won't dare. >> after the fourth, we're going home. >> where is that? >> for me? anywhere you are. >> romantic, isn't it? except there wasn't a lot of chemistry between the two of them. it really wasn't that great of a movie for somebody who won two oscars, hilary swank, i'd expect better. i give it three kernels because of the historical significance but i'm being generous. >> sounds like you're being
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generous with all the criticisms. i saw cirque du freak. if you haven't heard anything about this movie i didn't know adapted from a book. you immediately know it when you sit down to watch the movie. so the basic premise, two high school kids see an advertisement for cirque du freak, which is a traveling freak show. they decide they're going to about see it. they immediately are drawn in by the sort of ring master, mr. crepsley or john c. reilly. more or less what happens is the two young boys are involved in a sordid plot. the premise is one of the kids sordid plot. the premise is one of the kids the other kid in order to save him says, i'll become a vampire to work off the debt and get an antidote from the perso p yo watch this ene. >> lick your fingers. >> whoa, is that like vampire power? do i have super spit now? >> yes, you have super spit. >> it really is an all-star cast. john c. reilly, salma hayek. they're excellent in terms of their acting. i can only give it 2 1/2 kernels.
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terror target. suicide bombs aimed at baghdad's government. iraq's deadliest day in years and its impact on u.s. military plans. then, critical condition. the swine flu's escalating threat on health care. >> more people are going to hospitals. and sadly, more people are dying. >> the medical state of emergency. and, home improvement. how appliances of the future promise to work harder and smarter. it's monday, october 26th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> harder and smarter. sounds like an appliance anyone here could use. >> we could, it would be great if it could do it all for you. >> it would be nice. we'll hear much more about it coming up.
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good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. as u.s. troops prepare to leave iraq there are questions this morning about whether the iraqi military and police can adequately protect that country. >> at least 147 people died in suicide attacks this weekend in baghdad, raising fears about new violence. sonia gallego is joining us from london with the latest. good morning, sonia. >> good morning, vinita. those questions uppermost in people's minds after sunday morning's attack which was the largest attack of its kind in iraq for over two years. the bombs which exploded during the city's rush hour, right in the heart of baghdad's administrative district, next to the green zone, clearly designed to kill as many people as possible. according to the iraqi authorities the suicide bombers drove their cars into parking bays by the ministry of justice and a local government office, and then detonated them, causing horrific destruction. hours after the attack, rescue workers were still continuing to look for bodies in the charred
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remains of the rubble. this after a year which has seen violence dramatically fall in the country following the american-led military surge. the latest massacre will not allay those fears that iraqi security forces are simply not up to the task to prevent a return to the bad old days when these kinds of bombings occurred regularly. president obama led international condemnation of the attacks calling them hateful and destructive. and offered his full support to the iraqi prime minister nuri al maliki and president talibani. it represents a problem for mr. obama. remember that he has pledged to have all combat troops out of iraq by next august to prepare for a full military draw-down in 2012. if iraq security forces are not able to prevent more attacks like these or if they are still susceptible to infiltration by insurgents that is going to call the draw-down into question. jeremy, vinita? >> sonia gallego live in london, thank you. two crashes involving three helicopters are under investigation in afghanistan. in western afghanistan, a
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chopper carrying american personnel crashed and there may be multiple tragedies. investigators say there was no hostile fire. federal investigators are looking into whether or not a weekend explosion and fire at a fuel depot in puerto rico was caused by arson. the fire west of san juan led to the evacuation of hundreds of people saturday. it left thick, toxic smoke spewing across the area. president obama designated puerto rico as an emergency zone and ordered federal aid. a wildfire burning in the santa cruz mountains of california forced people living in 60 homes out of the area. the fires consumed hundreds of acres, forcing evacuations. 1,000 firefighters will be there later today to continue the battle. in palm beach, florida, police are investigating the death of a key figure in the bernard madoff ponzi scheme. the body of jeffry picower was pulled from the pool outside his oceanfront mansion sunday.
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the 67-year-old billionaire was pronounced dead a short time later. chief investigative reporter brian ross has insight on picower's sudden death. >> there was no sign of depression. no suggestion of suicide. although investigators say they should be sure to do toxicology reports and tests on picower because of his major role in this scam. with his death he takes many of the secrets to the grave. >> a family attorney said picower suffered from parkinson's disease and had heart-related issues as well. long lines are expected again this week as people try to get vaccinated against the swine flu. thousands were turned away over the weekend as clinics ran out of the vaccine. the government has announced that about 28 million doses would be available by the end of the month. not nearly enough to meet the huge demand. the president has now declared a national emergency to treat those who become sick. here's rachel martin. >> reporter: a national emergency conjures up images of major disasters like hurricanes
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and floods. now, the flu. >> it's sad that we've been here since 1:45. >> i understand. >> this epidemic is continuing to progress and more people are going to emergency rooms. more people are going to hospitals. and sadly, more people are dying. >> reporter: white house officials say the emergency declaration isn't linked to current infection rates. instead, they say, it's a proactive move that allows the department of health and human services to waive some federal regulations for hospitals that may get overrun with swine flu victims. >> this declaration really changes the playing fields for hospitals. they've been doing planning for disasters. now they can implement those plans. >> that means giving hospitals like this one the flexibility they need to extend care for swine flu victims outside hospital walls. and still get reimbursed by medicare and medicaid. >> we are thinking about hospitals that will put tents outside their emergency rooms s they can kind of triage
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patients, separate the less sick from the really sick. and i think we'll see some institutions go out and set up satellite clinics in places that are somewhat remote from the hospit >> this whole thing isn't about pne fact that things are worse but it's really about hospitals being able to be prepared in case the get >> reporter: but worse could be on its way. one thing the president's emergency declaration doesn change, the production of thene far behind schedule and far short of demand. rachel martin, abc news, washington. composer andrew lloyd webber, the man behind hits like "evita" and "phantom of the opera," promises to return to work despite his cancer diagnosis. the 61-year-old british musical theater legend has kept his prostate cancer a secret for months. webber says the cancer is in its early stages and he is being treated. recently lloyd webber announced the sequel to "phantom of the opera." >> says he hopes to be back to work before the end of the year,
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so we wish him luck. here's a look at your weather this monday. heavy rom nto cf1& agovy rom nto cf1& the ha ody. heavy snow in the cascades a rain in seattle and portland. hot and dry with strong winds in california near the fire in the santa cruz mountains. >> 86 in phoenix. 61 in salt lake city just 44 in colorado springs indianapolis climbs to 66. omaha 53. fargo 51. it will be 59 in boston. 65 in baltimore. 68 in atlanta. president obama sending a message making it clear he's not spending all of his down time in an all boys' club. >> for the first time since taking office he invited a woman to one of his golf outings. that is white house staffer melanie barnes who joined the men on the links today in virginia. the president was recently criticized for not asking women staffers to play basketball with him. >> the white house acknowledged the inclusion of barnes was a first but they pointed out the president did play golf with women on the campaign trail. so there you go.
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welcome back to "world news now." jury selection begins in a sleepy west texas town today. the first trial stemming from last year's high-profile raid on a polygamist sect. >> raymond jessop of the yearning for zion ranch is charged with sexual assault of
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an underage bride. from the abc news vault here's "nightline" from april 11th, 2008. >> reporter: this polygamist group called the fundamentalist church of church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, or flds, is not just limited to one small town in rural west texas. the group is estimated to have well over 10,000 members in at least five outposts throughout the american west and even in canada. we spent time last fall in the original flds home base. two neighboring towns encircled by red cliffs way out in the desert straddling the utah/arizona border. here we found women and girls in prairie dress and little boys taught to be so wary of outsiders that they actually threw rocks at us. and we heard horror stories from women who else scaped the flds church. women like laurie checkwin. >> young women would have her father come to her and say, you're getting married right now? >> yes, i know one who had four hours' notice.
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her and her sister real fast made a wedding dress and they were ready. >> pam black was just a teenager when she got married. three or four days and the biggest thing probably that's ever happened to you is going to happen to you and you have no choice. >> yes. my mother taught me the facts of life, about sex and everything, the night before i got married. and it just freaked me out. >> reporter: polygamous groups like flds have a long history. in 1890, the mainstream mormon church outlawed plural marriage. fundamentalists refused to comply and they broke off on their own. in 1953, police in arizona raided the flds community. but it turned into a pr disaster. the pictures of kids taken away from their mothers so enraged the american public that the children were actually returned and the community was then largely left alone, out here in the desert, for decades. enter warren jeffs, a lanky, mild-mannered former accountant who took over as the prophet of the flds church in 2002. he imposed complete control,
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accumulating as many as 70 wives, and giving sermons like this. >> your all, your money, your time, your everything, your families, belong to the prophet. do his will and he will guide you how to exalt your family. >> reporter: sam brower is a private investigator who's been looking into the church for years. >> the underage girl aspect of it has escalated since warren jeffs came into power. and that used to be something that happened from time to time. but now it's just -- it's gotten out of hand. it's out of control. >> reporter: in recent years, as young women started to escape the church and tell their stories publicly, and as police and private investigators started paying more attention to this place, warren jeffs allegedly told his followers to build huge fences around their houses. and then he decided to move his most loyal followers, so the-called heart's core, even
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further out of sight. the church started buying up private tracts of land and building compounds like the one in el dorado, texas. these places were even more remote and they were run by warren jeffs' personally chosen lieutenants. >> the people that are there in el dorado consider themselves more pious and more righteous. and, you know, probably up a notch as far as the pecking order and hierarchy goes. >> reporter: and it is in el dorado, critics say, that the church escalated its child abuse. police searching the temple earlier this week found beds where they suspect child brides may have been deflowered immediately after their so-called celestial marriages. for 17 years, carolyn jessop was married to merrill jessop, the man in charge of the el dorado compound. she was one of his eight wives. >> i never had a claim to freedom. i never had any claim on safety. i never had a claim on
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understanding that i was a human being with dignity. i was never allowed dignity. >> reporter: we caught up with jessop as she traveled to texas to try to work with authorities there as they try to establish relationships with the 416 children now in their custody. >> they've been indoctrinated that the outside world is evil. that they're agents of the devil and they want to destroy them. and they'll try to get into their good graces just to trick them and make them think that they're their friends. if they start trusting them, they'll turn on them and they are at the mercy of the devil and no one can help them. >> reporter: while communicating with these children may be extremely difficult, sam brower, the private investigator, says there is one potentially positive thing here. the fact that the male church members did not resort to violence could be a sign that warren jeffs, who is now in prison, convicted as an accomplice to rape, may no longer have complete control. >> when there was a standoff at the temple before the authorities went into the
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temple, i think that there probably would have been a good possibility that warren would have told those men to just die at their posts. and it could have turned a lot worse than it is. >> reporter: this is still a tremendously difficult situation for the authorities in texas and potentially for the entire country. >> this is a problem that moved into texas from another state. and it's spreading through the western united states. into colorado, south dakota. it's growing. >> reporter: this is dan harris for "nightline." >> a look at our vault from a year ago. we mentioned this trial is taking place in a small town in west texas. sort of near san angelo. this is really rare for them. it's the first jury trial they've had in about a decade. usually they deal with drunk driving cases. that's about it. >> they're saying one of the hardest issues is trying to find people who can honestly say they can sit on the jury and not be swayed by what they heard. everyone heard about this case. i mean, i think everyone
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